Complexity in airline revenue management

Bartke, Philipp and Cleophas, Catherine and Zimmermann, Benedikt (2013) Complexity in airline revenue management. Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, 12 (1). pp. 36-45. ISSN 1476-6930

Full text not available from this repository.


As revenue management research progresses, simplifying assumptions are removed from the underlying mathematical models. In consequence, these models grow, leading to an increase in complexity that may affect both the performance of automated systems and revenue management analysts. In this article, we demonstrate how both hierarchical and dynamic complexity may increase as revenue management models become more sophisticated. For this purpose, we introduce an example of dynamic complexity based on forecast parameterization based on a simulation study. On the basis of a data analysis created in cooperation with Deutsche Lufthansa, we demonstrate the dependence of state-of-the-art revenue management systems on analyst input. We argue that increased complexity endangers the performance of both analysts and automated systems if it is not deliberately managed. Finally, we discuss five possible strategies for responding to increasing complexity: Ignorance, full automation, visualization, result simulation and input transformation. We describe the possible implementation of each strategy and list the opportunities and challenges that each of these response entails for revenue management.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management
Uncontrolled Keywords:
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
06 Oct 2017 19:34
Last Modified:
22 Nov 2022 04:59